An American Stage commissioned work by Rachel Lynett

“How do you mend a country with a broken heart?” Charlotta Bass, the first Black woman candidate for vice president, Charlene Mitchell, the first Black woman to run for president and Patsy Matsu Takemoto Mink, the first woman of color to be elected to the House of Representatives, first Asian-American woman to run in Congress and the first Asian-American to run for president, deliver wisdom, perspective and wry humor as they address Kamala Harris, and the cultural significance and psychological weight of her Vice-Presidential nomination.

Run time: 75 minutes 
Age Recommendation: 12+. Adult situations and language.

Creative Team 

Playwright: Rachel Lynett

Director: Dawn Monique Williams#

Production Associate: Rachel Harrison

Production Designer: Jerid Fox

Costume Designer: Jill Castle

Learn more about these trailblazing women. 

Dawn Monique Williams# (Director) is the Associate Artistic Director at Aurora Theatre Company in Berkeley, CA. Her recent directing credits include Aurora’s BULL IN A CHINA SHOP, EARTHRISE at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, TIJEAN AND HIS BROTHERS, WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN, THE SECRETARIES (Willamette Week’s Top 10 Portland Theatre Productions of 2018), A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, ROMEO & JULIET, August Wilson’s THE PIANO LESSON, and Lynn Nottage’s BY THE WAY, MEET STARK. She looks forward to directing an audio version of Lynn Nottage’s LAS MENINAS for Profile Theatre in Portland, OR this fall. Dawn has worked in theatres abroad and across the US; awards include a Princess Grace Theatre Fellowship, a TCG Leadership U Residency Grant, and a Drama League Directing Fellowship. Dawn is a proud member of SDC. www.dawnmoniquewilliams.com

Dee Selmore (Charlotta Bass) received her Bachelors degree from Florida A&M University in Theatre Performance and Masters degrees from Florida State University in Theatre and Full Sail University in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Dee is also the co-founder of the Essential Theatrical Associates and the owner of Oluse Performing Arts. Dee has been seen in productions such as Skeleton Crew (Faye, American Stage – Theatre Tampa Bay Award for Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actress in a Play), A Raisin in the Sun (Mrs. Johnson, American Stage), Macbeth (Lady Macbeth, Digital Shakespeare Co.), Sister Act (Deloris Van Cartier, Round Barn Theatre), The Color Purple (Sofia, Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe), To Kill a Mockingbird (Calpurnia, Mill Mountain Theatre), Doubt (Mrs. Muller, Crane River Theatre), Hairspray (Motormouth Maybelle, Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre), and Footloose (Vi Moore, Jenny Wiley Theatre). Dee has also performed several readings at the National Black Theatre Festival. Dee would like to send a thank you to the cast, director, playwright, and crew for an unforgettable experience.

Renata Eastlick* (Charlene Mitchell) is thrilled to be returning to American Stage. Upon receiving her BFA from the University of Florida affiliate campus New World School of the Arts College, Renata has worked extensively in theatre, TV, voiceover and commercials. When not onstage, you can hear Renata’s voiceover work as “Caveira” in the hit video games, RAINBOW SIX SIEGE and GHOST RECON: WILDLANDS. Some of her theatrical credits include, Off-Broadway: FOR COLORED GIRLS… (The Public Theater, NYC- u/s) Regional: THE NUTCRACKER (House Theatre of Chicago); GOOD PEOPLE, TWO TRAINS RUNNING, MAMMA MIA, and IN THE HEIGHTS (American Stage); THE ROYALE (Hippodrome Theatre) ; RUINED (Gablestage); ECLISPED (Women’s Theatre Project); CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF (Oldcastle Theatre Company) among others. FILM: God’s Waiting Room. TV: “Burn Notice.” Renata is a Theatre Tampa Bay Award recipient, a two-time Carbonell Award Nominee and a member of SAG-AFTRA and Actors’ Equity. For updates, visit: www.renataeastlick.com

Mia Tagano* (Patsy Mink) was most recently seen with the Oakland Theatre Project doing a 3 woman MACBETH. Other regional credits include BULL IN A CHINA SHOP directed by Dawn Monique Williams (Aurora Theatre); MACBETH (Berkeley Repertory Theatre); LOVE AND INFORMATION (American Conservatory Theatre); TAMBURLAINE (Shakespeare Theatre); TANTALUS (Denver Center for the Performing Arts and Royal Shakespeare Company co-production with UK tour); HAMLET and NICHOLAS NICKLEBY (California Shakespeare Theatre); SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS at (Portland Center Stage and Hartford Stage); TWELFTH NIGHT (San Francisco Shakespeare) and WAITING FOR TADASHI (George Street Playhouse). New York credits include FAR EAST (Lincoln Center); 99 HISTORIES (Cherry Lane Theater) and SONG OF SINGAPORE (Capital Repertory). TV/Film credits include “All My Children”, “Law & Order” and John Barton’s “The Shakespeare Sessions.” Ms. Tagano received her MFA in Acting from the University of Washington and is also a Voice Coach – learn more at: www.taganocoaching.com

*Member of SAG-AFTRA | #Member of Society of Stage Directors & Choreographers

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